The School-on-the-Air (SOA) program is one of ATI's distance learning on the complete package of technology of a commodity and other agriculture and fisheries related subject matter. It is a series of radio programs, presenting the subject matter systematically and in a progressive manner, aired for a period of not less than three months. It may include enhancing mechanisms or tools such as Short Messaging System (SMS), internet, telephone, among others. A certificate is given to the enrollees after completion of the course.
The SOA has the following elements:

  1. A series of lessons specially designed and aired successively in a radio program over a certain period of time.
  2. A specific subject matter area
  3. Daily lessons on the air that usually last from 15 to 30 minutes
  4. Listeners are enrolled
  5. Quizzes are given after every lesson or set of lessons.
  6. A pretest is given before airing the lessons to determine the level of knowledge of enrollees on the subject matter, while a post-test is administered after all te lessons shall have been aired to determine the knowledge gain of the listeners.
  7. A graduation is held at the end of the course, where certificates are given out to the enrollees who have met the course requirements.
  8. Research is conducted to determine the information needs and characteristics of the target groups or community and to evaluate the acceptance and impact of the SOA.

The ATI network of training centers are conducting SOA in their respective areas on the banner commodity programs of the Department of Agriculture including the Organic Agriculture Program.The SOA programs are in collaboration with the DA-Regional Field Offices, local radio stations and partner agencies.